The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

We work to influence individuals, whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential. 

Right now, you are on our Staying Well positive mental health and wellbeing section; you will find information on mental health conditions, where to get help and how to support those you love and care about in our Get Help section. Although we are not a counselling or advice service, our information officers are happy to point you in the right direction to find help.


Spreading mental health awareness

  • We are a Kiwi charity
  • We work with amazing people
  • We run dynamic programmes
  • We focus on the Five Ways
  • We influence mental health policies
  • We provide free information
  • We break down barriers
  • We talk in plain language
  • We have a suicide prevention focus
  • We tell incredible stories
  • We walk the talk
  • We totally understand positive mental health

... creating hope

Meltwater news

Loneliness epidemic will hit in 2030, say researchers

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By Olivia Lambert

A loneliness epidemic will become a huge crisis in the future and will be a public health issue as big as obesity....

Up close with locals on road to polls

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The election is a month away and all the focus is on the big centres. Nicholas Jones visited Taihape to find out what the important issues...

Shaun Robinson: "We need all the support for mental health we can get"

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Mental Health Foundation CEO Shaun Robinson talks to Chris about Labours promise to increase the number of mental health professionals in...

Website latest weapon in battle against mental illness stigma

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A new website trying to end the stigma surrounding mental illness has been welcomed in Marlborough.

The Mental Health Foundation has...

Depression sufferers reveal what not to say to them when they are down

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Words friends and family use to try and help a person suffering from depression can sometimes feel like extra blows of misery.

Often it's...

Mental health in NZ: How overcoming the stigma lightens the load

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The simple things work best to fight mental illness stigma and discrimination. Credits: Tom Melville / Newshub.

For the one in five Kiwis...

Emotional intelligence key in programme taught around New Zealand

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Teaching children emotional intelligence at school is just as important as teaching them traditional subjects, says a principal.

That is...

Creative approach to mental health underfunded despite evidence it works

2017-08-06 undefined
Ōtautahi Creative Spaces.

Christchurch man Gary Pickering says exploring his artistic side has helped him turn his life around.

"It's got...
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Featured story

Couch-surfing for a Cause

Couch-surfing for a Cause

Couch-surfing while juggling a job and studies might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Rodney Martin’s unique fundraising idea for the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) brings plenty of variety to his life.

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